How to Get Employed in Tanzania


How to Get Employed in Tanzania
How to Get Employed in Tanzania

Lets see how to get employed in Tanzania , because seeking employment in Tanzania without proper guidance can become nearly unattainable, akin to trying to find a needle in a mound of hay. Employers are seeking candidates with relevant experience for open positions because the competition has been quite fierce, with new Job Seekers entering the Job market every month.

However besides this situation , new fresh recruits are joining new businesses every day; how do they do it? Here are some pointers for finding employment in Tanzania.

Below are useful tips on How to Get Employed in Tanzania :-

1. Asses Yourself

When looking for a job, start with understanding yourself. Get to know your strengths and weaknesses and the type of work you like accomplishing.

Also analyze the positions you are applying for, some of the positions require a candidate to work shift which would include night shifts others also want a person who can weekends.

Well, if you have classes or volunteer somewhere over the weekend then such a position might not work for you unless you are willing to drop some of your other engagements.

Over and above, the better you know yourself, the more likely you’ll find a job that provides you with greater satisfaction.

2. Update your CV

Once you know what kind of jobs you want, it’s time to work on your CV.

A CV is the only document that gets you invited for an interview. Make sure that its updated to the most recent position and that all your achievements are included on the CV.

Simply wow the recruiter , make him or her want to at-least call you over for a Job Interview, the more you get called for Job interviews the better are your chances of getting employed in Tanzania.

See also: The Top 6 Things to Keep On Your CV in 2024

3. Apply directly to an employer

Once your CV is ready you can start making applications online and also applying directly to employers.

So how do you do this? Find out companies you would want to work with, look for their contacts, for instance from their website and send your CV which will considered first in case they have an opening.

This may be considered shooting in the dark but it beats sitting on the couch waiting for something to come up or constantly begging your family and friends for cash for your various expenses, as the expenses never wait , they keep piling up!

4. Ask relatives and friends about jobs where they work

Another tip on how to finding a Job in Tanzania is keeping in touch with friends and relatives, they could be having openings at their places of work and they could easily recommend you.

You may also see a Job advertised on the online Job boards , if you know someone who works at that particular company you may use him or her to connect you to the Hiring authorities at that company, this will truly boost your chances.

This is especially with entry level positions such as attachments and internships where the graduate might not be well connected in the job market as they are fresh from school.

5. Search hidden job markets

There are a lot of jobs out there that are never advertised, so if you are relying only on the online job platforms to look for work you are missing out.

As an Employment Seeker, you may then wonder how one gets to know of those hidden jobs; you do this is by simply networking with professionals in your industry where you get to know of open positions in their companies that have not been advertised.

The advantage of applying for such position is that the competition is less as only a few people get to know and apply for the jobs.

6. Concentrate your job hunt on smaller companies

It’s obvious that all job seekers want to work for NMB , CRDB , The UN , NGOs and such. It’s not wrong to be ambitious but then the competition becomes tougher as everyone is applying to the same companies.

Smaller companies equally have good positions and one gets exposed in almost all departments and here you have a chance to grow and climb the career ladder very fast.

In Short , be willing to start somewhere at the bottom and then gradually walk all the way to the top to one of these dream companies / organizations to work for.

7. Prepare for all job interviews

Well, the worst mistake job seekers do is forgetting to prepare for interviews and end up not getting the job they have been waiting for all their life.

It’s wise as a job seekers to invest in interview preparation as it’s a one off training that you can use in all your interview, you do not need to be trained every time you get a new interview invitation not unless you feel there is need.

8. Accept a temporary position or volunteer work

When looking for a job, do not be choosy, you can accept temporary positions as you wait for a permanent post.

Rarely does one become successful over night; you have to go through the system like everyone else which means starting with attachments, internship and volunteer work.

Do not take these positions for granted as they equip you with necessary skills and experience.  

9. Expect the job-search to take much longer than you can imagine

Lastly, expect the job search to take longer than you expected, so don’t give up.

Prepare mentally and physically for a long wait and then you can be happily surprised if you are lucky to have a short job search journey.  

10. Visit Businesses and Places of Work for Potential Employment Opportunities

If you are Living somewhere in Tanzania, you can explore the area and see what job opportunities are around you. You can look for organizations and businesses around you and visit them. For example instead of looking at irrelevant things on the internet like porn, Instead search on Google Maps for ‘Markets in Dar es Salaam’ , ‘Hair Saloons in Dar es Salaam’ or Tour Companies in Arusha . You can then visit these places to ask for job opportunities, some Employers will surely be impressed by your Hunger , Drive, Passion and willingness to work and you could soon find yourself employed just like that.

See also: How to write a Good Business plan in 2024


There you have it, in case you have been wondering how to find a job / employment in Tanzania now you know the steps and preparation you need to take.

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